Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Mystery Agent CONTEST!!

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!! Thanks to all who participated!! :)

Here we go again, folks! Today is our March Mystery Agent Contest! Make sure you read our Mystery Agent's preferred genres post, which also includes the genres our MA isn't interested in. 

Now. Let's get this party started, shall we??

Here are ze official rules for the contest:


1) Entries must be left in the comments section of this post (please don't email/Tweet entries to us. You won't be entered into the contest if you do).

2) Your manuscript must be completed and ready to send upon request. 

3) You can only pitch once today (only one project). If you participated in previous MA contests, you may enter this one as well.

4) Please include TITLE and GENRE along with your pitch.

5) Your pitch must be one sentence long. The exact word count is up to you, but remember: stick to the point!

6) The contest will close once we receive 50 entries. 

7) The winner will receive a FULL manuscript request! Our Mystery Agent may or may not choose runners-up as well, but it's totally up to them.


Okay. That's enough of me for today. Go forth and pitch, my blogging buddies!! Best of luck to all who enter!! 

63 comments:

  1. Title: The Adamant
    Genre: Magical realism

    An ancient relic made from a unicorn’s horn seeks retribution for its death by possessing and using Shamira Kelley to annihilate mankind, and the one man who can help her believes killing her is the only way to prevent the massacre.

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  2. TITLE: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE CYBORG
    GENRE: YA Sci-Fi

    When Maggie learns she's a cyborg, she runs away, accidentally kidnaps her nerdy neighbor, and hunts for her Maker - the only one who can make her human again.

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  3. TITLE: Venom's Curse
    GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy with Mythological Elements

    PITCH: Loka has died, again, but when her seventeenth reincarnation opens a third eye into the mythical Hindu realm, she discovers she's a Goddess and someone wants to steal her powers, killing her for good this time.

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  4. TITLE: Amped
    GENRE: YA Sci-Fi

    Pitch: Avery thinks she’s crazy after a solar flare makes her start seeing weird images, now the government won’t stop till they have her.

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  5. Kimberly GabrielMarch 1, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    TITLE: THE BEAUT OF DESTRUCTION
    GENRE: YA Suspense

    Fifteen-year-old Grace Hewitt is so desperate to escape Afterlife; she never even considers the complexities behind preventing a school shooting and the murder of six freshmen.

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    1. Kimberly GabrielMarch 1, 2012 at 6:09 AM

      Sorry, my title is: THE *BEAUTY OF DESTRUCTION

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  6. Title: SWIMMING WITH TCHAIKOVSKY
    Genre: YA Magical Realism

    When Russian music makes Sally’s world peel away like wallpaper to reveal scenes from a hundred years ago, she must decipher the visions of the past to tackle the reality of her present: a kidnapped host father, thugs-for-hire on her tail, and all clues leading her to the upper echelons of the St. Petersburg police department.

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  7. Title: ONE
    Genre: YA Science Fiction

    Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey thinks having half a superpower makes her broken – until she and the one boy whose power makes her whole are targeted for biological experiments that may destroy their powers completely.

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  8. Title: The Domino Project: Chameleon
    Genre: YA Sci-Fi

    Sixteen year old Sai's search for atonement after her destructive psionic awakening leads her into the heart of Mid-America's privatized government and the dirty secrets they kill to keep buried.

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  9. TITLE: LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE
    GENRE: YA Contemporary Romance

    Seventeen-year-old Kelsey moves to a new town and crafts the perfect life—including a yummy boyfriend—to forget her sophomore year of hospital nights and forbidden kisses with her best friend - until he reappears, and even the most perfect lies can’t protect her breaking heart.

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  10. Title: Stealing the Sun
    Genre: Science Fiction

    The notorious pirate Trig, son of the inventor of quantum travel, just stole the Rising Sun—the newest, fastest, and only sentient starship in the multiverse—but even if the stubborn Sun agrees to help Trig outrun the law, they'll never outrun his past.

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  11. Title: The Girl in the Mirror
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    When an old enemy tries to sacrifice her brother in a ritual to save his dying race, Daela Blackwell must make a choice: let her brother die, or condemn thousands of innocents to an ugly end.

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  12. Title: An Absence of Light
    Genre: YA sci-fi

    Step one: figure out what the oily shadows creatures Leah sees actually are; Step two: figure out why they murdered her family; Step three: figure out how to kill them all.

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    1. meradeth, as per the contest rules, your entry should be a one-sentence pitch. Here you have three sentences separated by semicolons. I'm afraid you'll be disqualified if you don't submit a one-sentence pitch.

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  13. Title: DAUGHTER OF THE MOON
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    For fledgling necromancer, Selina Kane, there are two ways to save her boyfriend from the undead: kill him and condemn his soul to service as a Ferryman in the Underworld, or make dark alliances with the undead.

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  14. Title: ALEXITHYMIA
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    No matter what her doctors say, paranoid schizophrenic Alex Ridgemont thinks she knows exactly what's real and what's delusion--until the rumored-to-be-possessed scoreboard in her school gym instigates a war against the student body, and Alex gets caught amidst the secrets of the one boy who might be able to help her uncover reality and the murderous obsession of the girl who'll do anything to keep them apart.

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  15. Title: THE SIMPLE TRUTH
    Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

    Pitch: Johnny thought getting his violations (beaten and branded) out of a gang was the worst thing imaginable, but falling for the daughter of the woman who helped him get off the streets is much worse.

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  16. Title: CRACKED
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    Playfully wicked half-demon Meda must hide from hell's army in a community of demon-hunters—who mistakenly believe she's a saint.

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  17. Caroline BurnetteMarch 1, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Title: MYSTIQUE
    Genre: Suspense

    Klytemnestra, the overshadowed sister of Helen of Troy, has found somebody who will love her--but is Aegisthus really as perfect as he seems?

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  19. Title: TIME BOUND
    Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

    Two girls, two centuries apart, must work together to free a Japanese time dragon before an evil wizard uses the dragon’s powers to complete his terrible vision for the past – because if they fail, there will be no future for either of them.

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  20. TITLE: The Curious Case of Kate Isley
    GENRE: YA Literary Horror
    PITCH: A depressed teenager agrees to switch places with the version of herself who inhabits the dream world, but when she discovers her replacement is a cold-hearted murderer, she must find a way back to reality to save the boy she loves.

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  21. Title: A SECONDHAND LIFE
    Genre: Adult Literary Fiction

    A father's lust for control over his family leads to the betrayal of one daughter's true love, the plagued marriage of the other, and a three-way custody battle over the child caught in the middle.

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  22. Title: DISAPPEARED
    Genre: suspense

    After Julie’s best friend disappears while they are on vacation together in Morocco, clues to her whereabouts – and clues to the dangerous pursuit she has kept secret – lead Julie to the edge of civilization and beyond, into the Sahara Desert.

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  23. Title: MEMENTO MORI
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Pitch: In order to regain his humanity and prevent his demon master from hurting the girl he loves, seventeen-year-old Gabriel Durante joins forces with a stubborn fashionista and the Angel of Death to take the demon down.

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  24. Title: THE ALTERAE
    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
    Pitch:
    When 16-year-old Emma's best friend drowns, she must master her unwanted ability to manipulate emotions to figure out what really happened or risk becoming the next victim of the ruthless creature responsible for her friend's death

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  25. Title: RAVEN'S WING
    Genre: YA Fantasy w/ SF elements

    When noble-born Raven joins the rebels to escape being forced to bear the king’s heir, she risks her life to lead a coup and restore her family to power but the real price of failure is slavery for everyone she loves.

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  26. Title: WHAT HAPPENS IN WATER
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    In the wake of her best friend's suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Savannah Gregory must re-learn what it means to be fearless.

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  27. Title: Denizens
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    Pitch: It’s easy to build a reputation as an infamous thief when nobody knows your secret, but soon Fairley will have to use her talent for turning mirrors into doorways to flee the gargoyle hunting her.

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  28. Title: A SINGLE FEATHER
    Genre: YA fantasy

    Chief Mamo is tempted to abandon his island’s caste system to be with the carefree girl he loves, but when a power hungry foreigner threatens the livelihood of his people, Mamo must decide between duty and love.

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  29. Title: RIPPLE EFFECT
    Genre: YA Sci-Fi
    Pitch:
    In Kali Addison's search to find those who incinerated her father's time machines, she discovers she has the power to travel through time without a machine, making her the next target.

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  30. TITLE: Minotaur

    GENRE: YA sci-fi

    Banished to the Labyrinth for flying too high above her enclosed city, Ikki's only hope for escape lies with the maze's mysterious caretaker -- The Minotaur.

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  31. Title: SECRET DOIRS
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Pitch:

    Burdened with the secret of becoming a faery warrior, studious, practical Liz must prepare for a war in a world she never knew existed against enemies already hunting her--all of which makes starting high school much more complicated.

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  32. Title: PLANTED (I CAN WATER MYSELF)

    Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

    To immunize us against mind controlling aliens, a humanlike girl with an affinity to plants has five days to pollinate before her spore sack explodes, but after selecting 18-year-old Dylan she realizes using pheromones to seduce him makes her no different than the invaders.

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  33. Title: OLIVIA TWISTED
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Sick of moving from one lame home to another, sixteen-year-old Olivia thinks she’s finally found love in handsome, smooth-talking Z, only to find out that he's trying to recruit her into his world of cybercrime.

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  34. Title: PETAL PUSHES
    Genre: Parnormal

    Darci Shelton gives herself just one year to make her new flower shop a success, but has to come to terms with the resident ghost while struggling to put Petal Pusher in the black; dealing with financial ups and downs is hard enough, but she must find out what the apparition wants before it scares everyone away . . . or worse.

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    1. tinadchayes, you have two sentences here. The contest rules require a one-sentence pitch. I'm afraid I'll have to disqualify you if you don't enter a one-line pitch.

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    3. Um, I'm pretty sure that's just one sentence, with a semicolon and an elipsis as punctuation.

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    4. From Carolyn Kaufman's 'The Dreaded Pitch - What to Include in That One Line'

      "For those of you who don’t know…a semi-colon is just shy of being a period; this means that anything after the semi-colon is supposed to be a full, complete sentence; it further means that anyone who uses them is technically writing more than one sentence; in conclusion…it is no longer considered a one-sentence pitch."

      Also, generally poor etiquette to argue with the people hosting the contest.

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  35. Title: VOICE
    Genre: YA Magical Realism

    Rendered mute thanks to a crippling anxiety disorder, seventeen-year-old Kyra Anderson lets her art speak for her, but a painting won't fix the riff between her and her stepsister so she accepts a deal from a stranger on a messageboard: she'll be able to speak for herself, if she trades away her artistic talent.

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  36. Title: STONE OF ORENDA
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Flung into the parallel world of Tirasvara, fifteen-year-old Brook undertakes a quest to avenge her mother’s death, but ends up battling the killer to preserve both the mystical natives and her passage back to Earth.

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  37. Title: Love Contract
    Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

    When aspiring prelaw student Taylor Simmons wakes up in bed with Evan McKinley, she knows she can save her tarnished reputation if everyone thinks they’re dating, but first she has to convince him to help.

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  38. Title: So You Don't Want to be an Evil Sorceress
    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

    Mysty learns she comes from a long line of villains on her sixteenth birthday but she doesn’t want to be evil; she wants happily ever after and she might even be nice to a cheerleader to get it.

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  40. Title: Dragon Descendant
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    15yr Tristan, driven to suicide by his ability to hear others’ thoughts, is saved by an old woman who tells him he carries the blood of dragons, a revelation that pits him against secret societies, unleashes powers he cannot contain, and leaves him alone in a world where no one can be trusted.

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  41. Title: Coveted

    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    Pitch: Caleb doesn't know why some secret society keeps trying to mount his head on a pike, or what convinced the Seven Deadly Sins to crawl out of the Pit just to pay him a visit, though there is this 'raising the dead' thing he's got going on...

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  42. Title: WRECTIFY

    Genre: YA Time Travel

    Pitch: When a mysterious woman grants Summer the native HawatĂ© ability to spirit walk, she’s catapulted into 1927 Montana, where she falls for a boy who will die unless she breaks an ancient curse.

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  43. Title: Pop Travel
    Genre: Techno Thriller

    Reclusive private eye Cooper blames fear of laser teleportation, POP TRAVEL for his cursed life and with help from attractive undercover agent Geri and innocent, unstable Hasan, creator of the technology, Cooper is the only man who can save the world from pop travel's deadly flaw.

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  44. Title: IDYLL
    Genre: YA political dystopia

    Working-class kid Asher Wayne wins the opportunity to join the ranks of the elite ruling class, but when revolution breaks out, he’s forced to choose between the world he’s always known and one of freedom and equality.

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  46. Title: HOW TO DATE A NERD
    Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

    Closet nerd Zoe loves the Star Wars obsessed geek-boy next door and must decide if her uber-popular social rep is worth more to her than the happiness she finds with him... and being herself.

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  48. Title: Undead Chaos
    Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

    Pitch: When a simple zombie beheading goes horribly wrong, Marcus Shifter dives into the filthy back-alleys of the paranormal world to prove another man’s innocence, but instead of uncovering the truth, he advertently exposes a link between a fanatical cult bent on Armageddon and his own Council who is willing to sacrifice anyone to protect their secret.

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  49. Title: The Gifted
    Genre: Young Adult Supernatural Fantasy

    Pitch:
    With her telekinesis, Rebecca Stevens, must come to terms with the fact that almost everyone wants her dead, including her own brother and she needs to convince them that she's trying to stop a gifted uprising before it's too late.

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  50. Title: The Girl with the Porcelain Wings
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    Pitch: In a world controlled by the Council of Nine, eighteen year old Rumor Trent agrees to help Nightworld rebels free their Gargoyle princess from a 400 year old curse of stone in exchange for protection and answers about his dark past and prophetic visions.

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  51. Title: Tell Me This
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    Reddos possess infinite knowledge and can answer any question in the world, so insatiably-curious Sophie Rowan isn’t exactly thrilled that her simple question just proved them wrong.

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  52. Title: The Lion Within
    Genre: YA Science Fiction

    Sixteen-year-old Renna Healy already had anger issues, and when an enraged lion attacks and infects her with the mysterious virus it carries, her own rage becomes nearly uncontrollable--but she'll need to learn to master her emotions and new gifts if she's to stop the virus from becoming an epidemic.

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  53. Title: A SHADOW STORY
    Genre: YA Victorian Fantasy

    Gifted with the ability to see hidden things, Lividia Blackwell must unravel family secrets and understand the old magic that haunts her household before an evil fae called the Sandman preys upon her family.

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  54. Title: MY PROTECTOR: THE CALLING
    Genre: YA Post Apocalyptic

    When Eri becomes the first girl to receive the Calling, an internal link to the man-eating beasts plaguing her planet, she must use her inherited skills to stop the creatures from destroying everything she loves.

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  55. Title: The Wild
    Genre: YA Sci-Fi

    In South-Three township where everyone is constantly monitored and the Regime owns everything, including your memories, sixteen-year-old Lucas Dawson is determined to escape into the unknown Wild and spend the rest of his life doing everything in his power to take down the Regime--if he can survive.

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  56. Title: EXTRACTION
    Genre: YA Sci-Fi

    Sixteen-year-old Clementine is intelligent and obedient enough to win an escape from the Surface slums and poisonous moon, but when she learns the planet leaders are going to murder the boy she loves but left behind, her new home in the planet core becomes a trap.

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  57. Title: UNDECIDED
    Genre: YA contemporary

    Friends Summer and Ryan need to figure out that avoiding decisions doesn’t make them go away before he leaves for the wrong college with the wrong girl, and they all end up where they don't belong.

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